- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 6, 2004

Warren E. Howard, 72, newspaperman

Warren E. Howard, a Washington newspaperman, died of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis Sept. 30 at Washington Hospital Center.He was 72.

Mr. Howard was the son of John E. and Melinda M. McCormack Howard and grew up in the small Shenandoah Valley town of McGaheysville, Va.He worked for several small newspapers and came to Washington in 1968 to join the copy desk, editing stories and writing headlines, at the old Washington Evening Star.

“He had a great love for language, for wine, food and sports,” says Diane K. Brockett, his wife of 35 years. He had an avid interest in crossword puzzles as well. “In fact,” says Mrs. Brockett, “the night before he died he got to finish his last New York Times crossword puzzle.

“I feel a peace about our life we shared together. We shared a great love for each other for 35 years.”

Mr. Howard was president of Washington Newspaper Guild 35 and was international vice president of the union for the Mid-Atlantic Region for six years.

Linda Foley, president of the Newspaper Guild, remembers Mr. Howard as strong and resolute. “You always knew when Warren was in the house,” she says. “I remember Warren as being a very passionate and dedicated guild leader who led the Washington/Baltimore local during a time of great struggle. He always stood strong and firm for his fellow union members and co-workers.”

Mr. Howard was one of few blacks who held a leadership role during a tumultuous time in the union’s history that saw a strike by employees of The Washington Post, and the closing of the Star in 1981. “He really was a pioneer in that way,” she says.

After the Star closed, Mr. Howard worked for U.S. News & World Report and then for Air Transport World, an airlines industry publication.

He is survived by his wife, Diane K. Brockett of the District; two daughters, Melanie McKnight of Norristown, Pa., and Melinda Hoagey of Perkiomenville, Pa.; a foster son, Kevin Cox; a sister, Gloria Howard Carter of Harrisonburg, Va.; a brother, Eddie Howard of Charlottesville; and nine grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers, John E. Howard Jr. and Allen T. Howard, and his parents.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Mark Episcopal Church, 118 Third St. SE. The family requests memorial contributions be made to the United Negro College Fund, 55 E. Monroe St., Suite 1880, Chicago, IL 60603.

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